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Beyond the Bale : December 2011
23 selling more wool 23 December 2011 Beyond the Bale on-farm knowledge to the next generation, with links to AWI’s extension networks, local grower groups and universities.” Jack hopes by winning the award he is also able to draw more people back into the wool industry. “Winning the award as far as our operation goes recognises our family must be doing the little things right and we are very proud of what we do. “U ltimately I hope by winning this prize I am able to give something back to the industry and encourage more young people into wool.” Queensland woolgrower Jack Banks has been named winner of the Wool Producer of the Year category, sponsored by aWI, at the australian Farmer of the Year awards. CREDIT: MELISSA MARTIN, QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE the Australian Year of the Farmer 2012 was officially launched in October at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, the site of Australia’s first European farm. The Botanic Gardens was transformed into an agricultural showpiece to celebrate the broad range and fine quality of the produce Australian farmers grow and harvest. There was a selection of prize winning stud animals, including Merino sheep, plus an impressive horticultural display of produce grown in each state and territory arranged to form a map of Australia. Patron, the Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC, officially launched the Year in conjunction with Ambassador Glenn McGrath and his wife Sara, and Natalie Gruzlewski, host of Television’s Farmer Wants a Wife. Designed to celebrate the contribution farmers and rural communities make to the Australian economy and community, the Australian Year of the Farmer 2012 is an education and awareness campaign. The Year celebrates the hard work of everyone involved in producing, processing, handling and selling products from the 136,000 farms across the country. Australian farms and the industries that support them 2012 YEAR OF THE FARMER generate more than $405 billion each year, that’s 27 per cent of Australia’s GDP. A range of events, initiatives and educational programs will be rolled out across the nation throughout 2012 as part of the Australian Year of the Farmer program. Highlights will include a nine-vehicle ‘One Country Roadshow’ travelling more than 56,000kms to attend more than 400 events; a four-day ‘Agricultural Innovation and Technology Expo’ to be held in Melbourne in December 2012; as well as the most significant food event to be held in Australia, the ‘Food of Origin Extravaganza’ , to promote the quality and origin of Australian food products. A photo competition, a commemorative collector’s coin and stamps as well as a TV program and privileges card have also been planned as part of the celebration. More information: www.yearofthefarmer.com.au